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Lessons Learned: Effective Documentation

By Alan E. Seneczko / January 15, 2018

“The importance of documentation” is an axiomatic, and almost trite, battle cry that human resource professionals constantly beat into the psyches of their supervisors – quite often to no avail. But what, really, is “documentation?” When do you do it? How do you do it? And, what, exactly, are you supposed to document? More importantly,…

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Recent Mass Shootings Have Again Raised Questions for Companies Regarding their Workplace Policies

By Joseph H. Laverty / November 13, 2017

Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in the United States have taken place over the last few months. On October 1, 2017, fifty-eight (58) people were killed at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. In that shooting, a gunman fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on…

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Communications with Applicants, Current and Former Employees: Best Practices

By Joseph H. Laverty / August 25, 2017

Every day, as a regular part of doing business, employers need to discuss applicants or current and former employees. Communications have changed and evolved over the years and these communications can be in the form of any of the following: In-person verbal communication; over the telephone; mail; fax; email; text messaging; and twitter. Most written…

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Expanding Title VII?

By Walter J. Liszka / May 23, 2017

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ landmark decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Case No. 15-1720), which established that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination on the issue of sexual orientation, may be an indication that the Courts are willing to adopt much more inclusive positions…

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Good Employer Documentation

By Walter J. Liszka / March 7, 2017

One of the most difficult and time consuming tasks that has confronted me over my lengthy career as a Management Labor Employment Lawyer is the continuing lack of documentation – i.e. evidence – that exists when I am attempting to defend either a Union Grievance, an EEOC Charge, etc. The most important thing that a…

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Illinois’ Sick Leave Saga

By Walter J. Liszka / February 17, 2017

As most of the Employers in the State of Illinois are aware, there has been recent activity by the City of Chicago, the County of Cook and the Illinois State Legislature to create specific provisions providing “Sick Leave” for Employees. The City of Chicago City Council enacted the Chicago Ordinance that provides up to forty…

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Watch Out! The New Year Brings New Laws

By Jennifer Adams Murphy / January 30, 2017

1. Employee Classification As employers are aware, the dreaded U.S. Department of Labor Rule changes which would have required overtime payments to many employees now classified as exempt, are frozen in legal limbo following an injunction preventing the implementations of those rules. Although an expedited appeal of the lower court’s injunction is moving forward, the…

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The Marijuana Plant Keeps Growing!

By Walter J. Liszka / November 23, 2016

In two (2) Wessels Sherman Client Alerts (August, 2015 and December, 2015) I wrote articles about the expansion of Medical Marijuana usage and its authorization in then twenty-three (23) States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode…

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Dealing with Post-Election Conflict in the Workplace

By Alan E. Seneczko / November 11, 2016

As we all know, events occurring outside the workplace usually find their way into the workplace – but generally with little disruption or impact. It is therefore not surprising that the results of the recent election and the divisiveness that it has produced have spilled into the workplace – only this time with disruptive and…

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The Holidays Are Upon Us

By Walter J. Liszka / October 31, 2016

It is never too early to begin planning for the Holiday Season of Calendar 2016 and the inevitable business Holiday Party. There is no doubt whatsoever that the festive season of November and December calls out every year for a business celebration and it is incumbent upon all Employers to be well prepared both for…

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